Three to zero victories in Novi Sad, St. Johnstone (qualification) and Helsinki (1st group game) are on the credit side of the Linz team. In Alashkert’s alternative stadium, a 14,000-meter oval named after the former Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, the fourth trick is now to follow. “We have played our best games at the international appearances so far,” said LASK-Trainer Andreas Wieland stuck before departure on Wednesday. “If we find our way back to our game, put our behaviors on the pitch for more than 25 minutes, we can certainly take something countable with us.”
Most recently, they struggled not only with offensive inefficiency, but also, as after the 0: 1 against WAC on Sunday, with a drop in performance after a committed start. “We have to keep up the pace for the entire season,” demanded Wieland, who on the offensive, as he did against WAC, had to do without the ailing center forward Marko Raguz. Instead, Mamoudou Karamoko returns on the central offensive. “One or the other position will be rotated,” announced Wieland. After all, he has to think about the upcoming league game on Sunday: Against table neighbor Altach, a so-called mandatory win is pending.
For central defender Jan Boller, the matter is clear before the duel with the last of ECL group A. “We have come back to our basics in the past few weeks. We just have to play our game, ”said the 21-year-old. “We just have to stick with it and go a little further. We definitely don’t lack the quality. Once the knot bursts, we will win the games that we supposedly have to win, ”emphasized the German.
A “threesome” would be the LASK, who is currently tied with leader Maccabi Tel Aviv (4 each) in second place, will keep on the path of promotion. It is only the second meeting of an Austrian and Armenian troop in the European Cup: In 2008, Salzburg shot Banants Yerevan 10-0 overall in the UEFA Cup qualification, and Alashkert also lost 4-1 at Tel Aviv and 4-2 Helsinki did not send a letter of recommendation.